A year ago today, I wrote this letter and posted it on Facebook. For the first time, I could see the love I had for myself. My love wasn't this abstract concept I was trying to force myself to believe. I was truly smitten with myself. There was no shame or conceit in this self-admiration. Today, I still feel the same.
I love to cook, in case you have not noticed. In my (not so) humble opinion, I tend to be pretty good at it. Recently, I realized I was using my cooking abilities in both a healthy and unhealthy manner. As I look back over the years, I can see where I used it as a tool to get people to like me. Moreover, I would use my culinary prowess to get praise and acceptance.
What is Grounding? Grounding is the act of bringing the mind back to the present by distracting it from unwanted activities. The activities take the form of ruminating thoughts, painful memories, or persistent worrying.
The grounding technique 5-4-3-2-1 involves using your five senses to draw your attention away from disturbing thoughts, memories, or worries. As you move through the senses, the number of items to notice decreases.
Diffusion is a technique that is made to help you separate yourself from your thoughts. Often we have dark or negative thoughts, which is natural. It is important we take care to not become our thoughts.
When taking a mindfulness walk, the key is to simply notice. Notice your breathing and the feel of your body. Pay attention to the rise and fall of your feet.
This week we are breaking down the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation. Feel free to download the graphic to keep as a cheat sheet.
Mindfulness is the first talk. Today, I am giving an overview on what mindfulness entails. Hopefully, you will feel inspired to give a try. As always, remember my disclaimer before trying anything on this site.
When holding on becomes to painful, we often forgot we have the option to release. We only think about how painful it will be after letting go, while ignoring the current pain we are currently experiencing. It is important to remember while we are holding on the pain is indefinite. After letting go, healing can start. The wound cant start to heal, taking the pain with it.
Over the last few months, I noticed there are a few people I am really down with and a few people who are really down with me. The interesting thing about this, both said not contain the same people. I have changed how I interact with a lot of people; some do not seem to have noticed.